"Mom!" "MOMMY" "MaMaMaMaMaMa" MMMMMMmmmmmmaaa!", echoed through the house and in my ears.As a loving, caring mother I responded with, "You guys are driving me CRAZY!". sigh. Can I have a do-over? Then, from my sweet spirited, mostly quiet, five year old I heard,
"fine. I'll go to my room."
Her door shut. Not the angry slam of a teenager, but the methodical click of a door closing. Sobs were heard. Alyssa started up the stairs to see if she wanted to play together. (already the intervening peace keeper) Instead we heard something land in the foyer with a, "Tell mommy there is a note for her in the hallway." Despite myself I smiled, more like smirked, in curiosity. Remember, she was five. There were not that many words in her WRITTEN vocab that could make up a note.
I soon discovered she was able to make her point with very few words. As I uncrumpled the little square of paper I found just two words with a little stick person in between.
Mommy tears from a stick person Brielle
Her point was made. I knew exactly how she was feeling and what she wanted from me.
A few days later I found myself in a similar situation, with my heavenly Father. I knew I had things I wanted to talk to my God about but felt totally incapable of putting them into words. In my numb tears I trusted the Spirit to interpret them to the Father...that was all I was capable of.
I carried her note around for a very long time until, sadly, the paper was lost. I continue to carry it in my heart!
Romans 8:26 (New International Version)
26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot
It was some time later that I wrestled with this verse....thinking perhaps the Spirit had been interpreting into the wrong language since I wasn't getting the answers I thought I was hoping for. Then I discovered that the next verse searches our heart. The interceding is in accordance with God's will, not mine. Although they may be the same thing, I fear they often are not.
Yes, my prayers have been heard and some even answered, but with the knowledge of God's mind and His will. He has seen the whole picture. Have faith that your prayers are heard, felt, and understood even without words...and answered according to His perfect will.
Romans 8:27 (New International Version)27And he who searches our hearts knows the
mindof the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.
Pretty big lesson from a five year old. Pretty neat to see how God uses our children according to His purposes.
Oh, and I have a note for you daughter dear....
Brielle stick figure with smiles of joy in a BIG heart Mommy